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Robert Ridgeway
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It's usually the Ancients that Science corroborates, silencing scoffing academic naysayers - but even sources as recent as Napoleon apparently need their reality reclaimed from armchair squatters:

"Some scholars believe Napoleon exaggerated the harshness of the winter to make his defeat and the staggering loss of life appear beyond his control, but Dutour says the skeletons corroborate historical accounts that the winter was extremely cold."

"One of the best descriptions of the desperate conditions in Vilnius during the winter of 1812 is a journal entry by General Robert Wilson, a British military observer in Lithuania, upon his visit to a Vilnius monastery that the French had turned into a makeshift hospital:
'The hospital at St. Bazile presented the most awful and hideous sight: seven thousand five hundred bodies were piled like pigs of lead over one another in the corridors...and all the broken windows and walls were stuffed with feet, legs, arms, hands, trunks and heads to fit the apertures, and keep out the air from the yet living.'"
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